As for the attending coaches, they were keen to learn and apply this new training back in their countries. For Special Olympics Pakistan’s Daniyal Alvi, “to be an efficient Unified Sports coach, you need to believe in the message – you need to be motivated to bring these two groups together. You need to know the sport that you are teaching. This training has truly formalized everything – Unified Sports has been in place in Special Olympics Pakistan for the past three years, but not the way I’ve known it here. I am excited to start the program in schools to reap good benefits.”
Special Olympics Singapore’s Vijaikumar Rangabashayam, who has been training the Singapore Football team for the past year, feels “a coach must have a passion for the game and to make a difference, one athlete at a time. This is a wonderful thing happening worldwide and I feel that more Special Olympics countries in the Asia Pacific should come on board to take on Unified Sports.”
“Currently, there are 19 out of 27 Asia Pacific Countries which offer the Unified Sports program. Our aim is to realize the regional goal of all 27 Asia Pacific countries to offer Unified Sports by 2015,” concludes Simon.
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